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Winter School 2015 – Digital Crafts : Computation

  • Institute: CEPT University
  • Year: 2015
  • Location: Ahmedabad
  • Project Cost: Rs.2,00,000
  • Instructor: Urvi Sheth
  • Area: 24 x 6 x 1.5 meters
  • Material: MS, Jute Straps

This course challenged us to design and build an installation that would act as a backdrop for the stage of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, Faculty of Design. We explored conceptual ideas using various media (digital as well as physical) and carried out... two simultaneous experiments of materials and construction techniques, one – explorations in brick, two – lightweight materials (tensile). We attempted to write the script in Rhino 5 and Grasshopper for each exploration. We based Design development on a feedback loop from prototypes of actual material and construction systems.

The stages from design to construction were an interactive process where students, mentors, fabricators and weavers were working closely 24×7. It was a complete exercise that also included facing ground realities of site, budget, and time constrains, workmanship and hands on experience to fabricate and build.